Your Survivorship Appointment
Before Your visit
We spend a significant amount of preparation time before you arrive. Several members of our team will need to review your medical history before your visit. Your authorized release of any patient records may be required.
Your patient records
We review all of your patient treatment records and construct a summary of treatment exposures. We use this information to develop a list of potential late effects that you may be at risk for based on your treatment exposures. Using long-term follow-up guidelines from Children's Oncology Group, we develop a plan for routine health screening and management of actual or potential late effects of therapy.
Medical history questionnaire
We ask that you fill out a detailed questionnaire. It is important that we have this well ahead of your visit, so that we can determine if you need any special tests at the time of your visit. The questionnaire helps us organize your day so that we can be as efficient with your time as possible.
A visit to our clinic is usually covered by insurance. However, coverage varies depending on the insurance company. Be sure to check with the insurance company before making an appointment. More about insurance for survivorship care
At your visit
In the morning:
• We will schedule any blood draws and other tests to be completed in the morning. Depending on your history, these may be a quick visit to the lab or it could include multiple different tests to evaluate organ function(s).
• If you need multiple tests, it could take several hours to complete them. As soon as we know what kinds of tests you will need you will be notified so you can plan you day accordingly.
In the afternoon:
• You will have a clinic visit with either Susan Lindemulder, M.D., (pediatric oncologist) or Kelly Anderson, F.N.P. (nurse practitioner). Both providers specialize in the care of childhood cancer survivors.
• You will have a complete physical exam and additional laboratory or diagnostic testing as needed.
• At your comprehensive consultation, you will have the opportunity to meet with multiple providers including: a social worker, dentist, educational specialist, and a psychologist.
After your appointment
You will come away from your consult visit with:
• Information about your exposures to chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery and how those modalities might impact your future health.
• A written summary of your past treatment, to give future health care providers a better understanding of your individual needs.
• A personalized roadmap for recommended screenings, based on your exposures.
• Resources and strategies related to educational, social or emotional needs.